In a career spanning 38 years, Prof. Rao has held various faculty positions at BITS Pilani. His teaching interests include Organic Chemistry, Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds, Synthetic Organic Chemistry & Stereo Chemistry & Reaction Mechanisms. His research interest includes Drug Synthesis & Green Chemistry.
As an Administrator he has held positions including Acting Vice Chancellor & Director BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus; Deputy Director, Off-campus Programmes & Dean, Practice School Division amongst others.
Prof Rao’s notable contributions include strategizing and conception of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus. He is credited with building 18.45 lakh sq. ft. green field campus in 200 acres without any time over-run replicating all features of BITS Pilani with the help of faculty, staff, alumni & students.
As Dy. Director, Off-campus Programmes he spearheaded business development to increase the number of collaborative programmes as well as collaborating organizations. He is also credited with starting a Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership & Technology Business Incubators both at Pilani & Hyderabad Campuses.
As Dean, Practice School Division he significantly contributed to establishing PS-II programmes at Infinion Technologies, Singapore, Munich, Germany; Children Hospital, Philadelphia; Nuware Technologies, New Jersey; Intellisystems, New Jersey; Seranova Software in Phoenix; INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France; Cypress Semiconductors, San Jose, amongst others.